News The reports suggests primary school teachers should be coached to give their pupils basic knowledge of how the employment world works

Children should be given lessons in careers whilst at primary school as part of an attempt to promote “employability” in schools, says a report out today.

Ben Chu: The Tories' clever honesty

I gather David Cameron will make a speech to the British Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham later this afternoon in which the Tory leader will admit that his party did not do enough to warn about the debt bubble in the private sector.

Airlines cut off the North as economic woe takes its toll

Flights to Leeds-Bradford and Durham-Tees Valley are removed from the schedules

Fury over delays to corporate aid package

GKN adds to motor sector job losses as rescue funding proves impossible to access

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If redundancy strikes, don't panic - seize the moment

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Biggest slump in manufacturing output for 35 years

Manufacturers endured their biggest quarterly slump in output for 35 years in the three months to December, official figures showed today.

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&#163;20bn state bailout for smaller firms is not enough, says CBI

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has insisted that he is offering "real help" for small and medium-sized businesses bearing the brunt of the credit crunch, despite criticism of the measures he unveiled.

Business aid package 'unveiled in days'

Ministers are about to announce measures to help small and medium sized businesses that are having difficulty getting access to credit, Downing Street said today.

Brown launches jobs plan as 3,000 more face the dole

Businesses offered &pound;2,500 bonus for recruiting and training unemployed staff.

Boris set to halve congestion zone

London Mayor honours election pledge by scrapping western extension of charge

Congestion charge extension to be scrapped

The western extension of the London congestion charge area is to be scrapped, London mayor Boris Johnson announced today.

'Old Labour' is back, say business leaders

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